Orsted & bp to Develop Renewable Hydrogen Project in Germany
Orsted and bp have agreed to jointly develop a potential large-scale renewable hydrogen project at bp’s Lingen Refinery in North West Germany. The project
which is expected to be operational in 2024, will comprise a 50 Megawatt electrolyser system capable of generating one ton of renewable hydrogen per hour or almost 9,000 tonnes a year. This would be sufficient to replace approximately 20 percent of the refinery’s current fossil-based hydrogen consumption, avoiding around 80,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent emissions a year
The project is also intended to support a longer-term ambition to build more than 500MW of renewable hydrogen capacity at Lingen. This could provide renewable hydrogen to both meet all the refinery’s hydrogen demand and provide feedstock for future synthetic fuel production. The electrolyser is expected to be powered by an Ørsted North Sea offshore wind farm.
The partners have jointly applied for funding for the project named Lingen Green Hydrogen from the EU Innovation Fund, which is currently one of the largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon technologies focusing particularly among others on energy intensive industries.
Besides the green hydrogen production itself, the project is additionally focusing on maximizing the efficiency of the electrolyser system and allowing flexible operation and complete integration into the refinery. Therefore, the scope of the engineering and commercial studies will also include assessments for sustainable uses of the main by-products of electrolysis, primarily oxygen and low-grade excess heat